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A unit of energy absorbed from ionizing radiation, equal to 100 ergs per gram or 0.01 joule per kilogram of irradiated material. It has been replaced as a standard scientific unit by the gray.
[r(adiation) a(bsorbed) d(ose).]
[Short for radical.]
(Units) a former unit of absorbed ionizing radiation dose equivalent to an energy absorption per unit mass of 0.01 joule per kilogram of irradiated material. 1 rad is equivalent to 0.01 gray
[C20: shortened from radiation]
a unit of absorbed dose equal to 0.01 Gy. Compare dose (def. 4).
[1915–20; shortening of radiation]
1. Informal. a radical.adj.
2. Slang. fine; wonderful.
[1820–30; shortening of radical]
A unit used to measure energy absorbed by a material from radiation. One rad is equal to 100 ergs per gram of material. Many scientists now measure this energy in grays rather than in rads.
1. A unit of radiation absorbed from a radioactive source.
2. A short form of radian, a unit of measure for plane angles. See centrad.
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|Noun||1.||rad - a unit of absorbed ionizing radiation equal to 100 ergs per gram of irradiated material|
radioactivity unit - a measure of radioactivity
|2.||rad - the unit of plane angle adopted under the Systeme International d'Unites; equal to the angle at the center of a circle subtended by an arc equal in length to the radius (approximately 57.295 degrees)|
angular unit - a unit of measurement for angles
milliradian - a unit of angular distance equal to one thousandth of a radian